Interview with Jenna Howard

When did you first start writing?
High school. It was all teen age angst stories. So much angst. So. Much. Angst. I lucked out in grade 11 as my teacher loved creative writing. Man, did I shine that year in English. I don't know if the love of writing would have survived without that year of nurture. I'm still trying to find that teacher to say thank you.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh lord. I hate this question.

I re-read Linda Howard's After the Night and Shades of Twilight EVERY year. Those two books just kick me in the heart and I cry at the same damn spots.

Jane Austen's Persuasion. The love letter Wentworth writes her is one of the sexiest damn things. Oof.

Joey W. Hill's Natural Law was one of my first BDSM books and damn but she can write. I love the dynamics between Mac and Violet. He's a cop but she's the dominant. I remember going "Holy (censored) the first time I read it" because even though he was an alpha he was submissive and didn't apologize for it. Brilliant.

What am I at? Four? For pure fun and because he's a bad ass lion and she's just bad ass: Ilona Andrews' Magic Bites.

Okay. That's five. I'm done. Tomorrow this could change.
What do you read for pleasure?

I'm currently re-reading the Kate Daniels' series by Ilona Andrews. I love revisiting my favourites. I'm on a big shifter kick right now and they don't get much bigger than Curran. Sorry. I'm purring in my head.
How do you approach cover design?
Nothing can irritate me more than doing my own covers. Seriously - my client is a demanding pain in the ass. Even after publishing I've changed the covers. It's all about finding the couple that feels right. That makes me go "Oh yeah...that's exactly how I felt about those characters." Fonts, for me, are the easiest aspect because I'm such a font tart. I like them simple and clean. The picture is the biggest and not just because it's the reader's first look. It's my emotional evidence of the story.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle and a Sony. I can't read library books on my Kindle so that's when I haul out my shiny red beauty. Man I love that thing. It's sexy. I need to show it some more love.
Describe your desk
My desk is a 100+ year old piano that my grandma gave me...I mean my mom...when I was little. After it became untuneable, it sat in my mom's basement. She even put it in the Bargain Finder one year and I'm not afraid to say I totally talked the dude out of buying it. A few years ago my cousin had mentioned this guy in Inglewood who revamped furniture. He took the piano and made my desk. I love it. I love all the memories that cling to it. I really need to find a chair that fits it. Or finally steal the piano stool from my mom.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My story? It's a damn war. I've named Resist right because it's been resisting for a year. No. I'm just afraid to write it. I'm currently sprawled on a hotel bed after attending the BDSM Writer's Con and one of the talks is going to be the glue for my characters. So finally I'm going to get back to it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Money and control. I liked the idea of the royalties and liked my words remaining in my control and not being locked elsewhere. However, I suck so hard at the marketing and promo. When you're introverted it's hard to tell people to buy your words, even if they never see you. I need to get better at this.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There's joy? From the amount of cursing at my laptop, I wonder.

Okay. Here's the truth. I'm an introvert. Until I'm comfortable talking to someone, I'm withdrawn. It took me 30 minutes to intrude on a conversation a group of writers were having a conference to go. "Excuse me. Sorry. I'm blatantly eaves dropping but are you Marie Tuhart?" And she was all "Yeeees." "From Jan Springer's workshop." "Yeesss." "I'm Jenna!"

Writing lets me get past that block inside me. It lets me have a conversation with that person and that person and you over there. There's none of that "Should I? I should. Shouldn't I? Oh crap. Stop babbling. Breathe. We got this." When I write, it's all those words clamoring inside of me that I can't say when I want to talk to someone. My books are me talking to you because in person I'm a mess.
What are you working on next?
Resist the second book at Edge. I confess that I haven't written a damn word on it and I'm blaming the first scene. I know I should just move beyond it. My head knows this. My heart is all "Dude...this is not gonna be easy." Fear has gotten in my head. Fear of words? A female dominant and a broken sub? Oh yeah...fear. It's coming just...a lot slower than I intended.
What do your fans mean to you?
Readers are so cool. They give their money to me. Talk about a trust thing. They trust me to give a good story and when they take the time to email me to say they loved it? You don't see me sagging in the chair in relief, my hand over my heart and a big ass smile on my face. The coolest. They're just the coolest which in turn makes me feel like one of the cool kids. Thanks for that because trust me...I wasn't.
Published 2016-04-03.
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